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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Elena Beisswanger

Trish Whetzel whetzel at
Tue Mar 26 09:37:34 PDT 2013

BioPortal contains both public and private ontologies. The "Statistics" box on the Home page is the number of public ontologies, however the "List all ontologies" Web service call is returning metadata for all ontologies in BioPortal. The other Web services such as the "Get all terms" call does not return details of private ontologies for non-authorized API Keys.


On Mar 26, 2013, at 7:27 AM, support at wrote:

> Name: Elena Beisswanger
> Email: elena.beisswanger at
> Location:
> Comment:
> Dear BioPortal team,
> the 'statistics' box at the BioPortal website ( mentions 336 ontologies. However, when I use the Rest service<my-api-key>, an XML file is returned from which currently 435 different 'ontologyId' values can be extracted. Can you tell me the reason for the difference between these two counts? I noticed that not all ontologies mentioned in the XML file are available for download. First, I thought that maybe the ontologies not available for download are also not counted in the statistics box -e.g., because of access restrictions. However, for example Snomed is one of the ontologies I cannot download, but it is browsable at BioPortal and hence probably one of the 336 mentioned ontologies...
> Thanks in advance for clarification!
> Kind regards, Elena
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